What is Centella Asiatica extract?
Can be found in the wetlands of Asia and India, Centella Asiatica extract is a plant-based ingredient also known as Gotu Kola. The herb is also known as tiger grass in India because tigers were seen rolling on the plants to heal and sooth their bodies and in Sri Lanka, it is called “the herb of longevity” because elephants, known for living a long life, eat them! Curious to know why it became a trendy skincare ingredient in Korea and how it benefits your skin? Read away:
1. It’s Anti-Aging
Centella Asiatica Extract is jam packed with phyto-chemicals like Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, niacin and carotene, which are good to help brighten and fight premature aging (YAY)! As we age, we lose collagen therefore making the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and saggy skin more prominent. Lucky for you, Centella boosts collagen level, making your skin appear plump and youthful.
2. Promotes Healing
It is used by the locals to heal burns and reduce inflammation. One of the herb’s active compounds, Madecassic acid, plays a role to suppress inflammation and therefore will help to prevent scarring since inflammations often leave a burnt-like pigmentation behind.
3. Combats Acne
Ah acne… We all have our struggles with them. Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, Centella Asiatica extract is what you should look for in a skin care to diminish and prevent acne scarring. Since it is a natural ingredient, it is therefore, forgiving towards those who have sensitive skin.